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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Roger Allam Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781427206244
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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong—their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend. But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer's new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man—George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.

Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.

In fact, not until you've turned the last page of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/19/2014

    " Jeffrey Archer is a great author. I really enjoyed this book which has an aspect of fiction. No one really know what happened to George Mallory, but this book gives Archers idea "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tsrcape | 2/11/2014

    " Read this book on my trip back from London which was totally appropriate about the climbing of Mt. Everest by Mallory. Enjoyable story which, in all likelihood, was true! Fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pallak | 2/6/2014

    " No one could have told this story any better than Jefffrey Archer. Mt.Everest has never fascinated me this much before ! This book is just PERFECT. It's not to be missed.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luccas | 2/4/2014

    " So far so good, the book promises to be very exciting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/3/2014

    " I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer since reading Kane and Abel many years ago. I just finished his novel, Paths of Glory, the story of the 1924 "failed" attempt to climb Mt. Everest by George Mallory. Though I am not typically a fan of man against nature themes along the lines of Jon Krakauer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, it is not exactly a classic example of Archer's work. The plot is less sophisticated, the character's humbler, the writing simpler, resulting in a much less exhausting but extremely satisfying reading experience. The characters are engaging, not just Mallory, but also his friend/rival George Finch and his other English climbing contemporaries. The only character left wanting is Mallory's too perfect, completely selfless wife who seems not to even struggle terribly hard with what she and Mallory jokingly call his "affair with the other woman, Chomolungma" the Tibetan name for Mt. Everest meaning Goddess Mother of the World. Being a wife and a mother, I was unable to find her overly supportive role believable. Archer should have thrown in a little more anger and fear from a woman, wife and mother who repeatedly risked losing her husband and her helpmate. I did appreciate the irony that one of Mallory's daughters relived her mother's fate and was left to raise three small children alone after she too lost her husband to a passion for climbing. In fact, the ending of the book would have been lacking had Archer NOT included the short paragraphs about the fates of those who did not die on Mt. Everest. After all, as Archer reminds us via Thomas Gray's poem in the beginning, even "the paths of glory lead but to the grave." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramnik Chhabra | 1/30/2014

    " part fact, part fiction. a great story about loving and dying for the mountains. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/20/2014

    " Enjoyed this look at the time period and the quest for Mount Everest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 1/19/2014

    " I have been fascinated by Mt. Everest since I came back from a conference that had as its motivation speaker who was a survivor of the 1996 Mt. Everest disasters that were chronicled by Jon Kraukauer in his classic book-"Into Thin Air." This is when I was first introduced to George Leigh Mallory. Did he make it to the top of Mt. Everest in 1924? Jeffery Archer did a great job in telling Mallory's life story in this fictionalize historical novel and of Mallory's life long dream of conquering Everest. I truely enjoyed this novel and Archer's writing style. He captures the spirit of the English nothing can stop us attitude of the early 20th Century and all the snobbery of Eglish upper crust society. Leads to good action and conflict in the novel. Archer has a definite opionion on whether Mallory makes it to the top of Mt. Everest but this will remain on of the 20th Century's great mysteries and debates in the mountain climbing community. Even you are not a fan of the quest to get to the top of Mt. Everest, I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2014

    " I always enjoy Archer, but this was not his best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 12/24/2013

    " Very very very good book. Inspired by the true story of man's attempt to conquer Everest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Alonzo | 12/5/2013

    " It was an excellent story leading up to Mallory's death, whether or true or not. However, I wished there was more details about what information was gained when they found his body 75 years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 12/2/2013

    " I remember when they found Mallory's body on Mt. Everest. This is a wonderful story! What an adventure... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie Kelly | 11/20/2012

    " Even though I knew the ending, I was captivated by the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 9/23/2012

    " If you like books about climbing and adventure then you'll enjoy this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerome | 8/5/2012

    " Did not care for this one. I mistakenly picked it up thinking it was the Paths of Glory that tho Movie was made from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverley Dubber | 6/11/2012

    " Loved this book .. A true story that didn't bore me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Arslan | 4/12/2012

    " Very interesting. Aykut and I would love to visit Mt Everest. Really easy to read and thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selma de Oliveira | 4/6/2012

    " Great book about climbing mountains. The Everest seems to be a challenge today, imagine in 1925? I really liked the main character as he is an extremely motivated person with a big heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 aeniez | 12/24/2011

    " i really love how the author portrait George Mallory character in the book. His ambition, enthusiasm, and how he express his love for his wife totally moved me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gobnait Lucey | 6/23/2011

    " Jeffery Archer is a master storyteller. I have to say this was not my favourite Archer story. It is about a real person and how he climbed Everst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. It sucked that the prologue gave away the fact that George died on the mountain. Other than that it was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/5/2011

    " This was another book club choice that I really loved! Full of adventure! I think that the guys in our life would like this one too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/1/2011

    " Enjoyable, easy read. Interesting view into what it was like to pioneer Everest before prior the hoopla that now surrounds it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/27/2011

    " It was an excellent story leading up to Mallory's death, whether or true or not. However, I wished there was more details about what information was gained when they found his body 75 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/12/2011

    " Great historical fiction read.

    Enjoyed learning more about mountain climbing and the history of Mt. Everest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/12/2011

    " Enjoyed reading this book - I usually enjoy Archer. The characters were well developed - those we know about and those we don't! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/12/2011

    " great read, Mt. Everest climber!! Why do they do it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/1/2011

    " This is the fascinating account of the first climbers to try to conquer Mt. Everest. It reads like a novel, with exciting stories of the climb, and it's also a terrific love story. Highly recommend!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Armando | 3/31/2011

    " a great adventure book, the book does a great job at describing the journey of the men who are going to climb Everest.
    It is a funny story full of adventure and even love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/29/2011

    " Well done, and a completely enjoyable adventure, despite the tragedies. I listened to this one on cds, took about 14 hours during long commute times. Made me relive my early climbs of Mt Whitney and Mt Rainier many years ago. The descent is always the hardest part of any climb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. It was based on the true story of a Brit named George Mallory who was a mountain climber. I had never heard of him and thought it was fiction until I saw a review of the book. One of the disadvantages of listening to books -- no covers or inside flaps. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 250 million copies in ninety-seven countries and more than thirty-seven languages. He is the only author ever to have written a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories, and nonfiction. He is married to Dame Mary Archer, DBE, and they have two sons. He and his family divide their time between London and Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Roger Allam played Javert in the original London production of Les Misérables and Falstaff in the Shakespeare’s Globe 2010 production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He has been nominated four times for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, winning twice, and he has also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. His film work includes roles in The Queen, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Tamara Drewe, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the television series The Thick of It. He has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. Roger lives in southwest London with his wife, actress Rebecca Saire, and their two young sons.